Child Care Challenge

I was very thief-like.  I wasn’t satisfied with the shoes that I had brought for the trip, so I sneaked into my sister’s closet and borrowed a pair of her shoes (I actually gave her these shoes, so maybe it doesn’t count as thieving?).  I literally only wore these shoes for the pictures, since we stayed in the house most of the day taking care of my little nephew.

So, in case you were wondering what to wear when you are helping take care of your sweet baby relative, this can be your go-to ouftit.  The off-white color helps to mask any splashes of urine that may have accidentally found its way onto your shirt (yes, I was sprayed on, but after these pictures were taken).  Plus, the cotton will make it easier to pre-wash when you do your laundry (see, I thought ahead!).  Also, if you need to hide wrinkles in your top, use a big handbag to help cover you up.  The minimal jewelry is also a must, just in case someone gets a little grabby.  And of course, a pair of worn-in jeans helps to keep things casual yet comfortable.

So, my theme for this week is:  clothes that you can wear both in and out of the house when taking care of little tots (you can put imaginary quotation marks around that if you’d like).  It also helps that I’m not the only one helping to take care of the little guy; these outfits would obviously not be possible if there weren’t extra hands to help out the working parents.  But, I will do my best to come up with comfortable yet interesting outfits that will hopefully be versatile for any hands-on work you might have to do.

Just another tip:  it helps to wear clothes that are on the old(er) side.  This shirt is about three years old, the blouse is about nine years old, and the jeans are six years old (I know–there I go with my old clothes again).  So, no fancy outfits this week, but I still plan on having fun (with the baby and with the different outfits).

To recap:  make sure you can borrow shoes (or clothes) in case you’re not satisfied with what you have, wear clothes that can be easily washed in case of any possible accidents, and remember to keep comfortable.  Happy Monday!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Shirt:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Blouse:  Zinc/TJ Maxx

Jeans:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Shoes:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target (borrowed!)

Purse:  Fossil/gift

Earrings:  gift (Target)


Family Ties

I actually had a very different outfit in mind, but I’m glad I ended up wearing this.  For some reason, I was compelled to wear this shirt with a tie.  I also envisioned myself wearing a cute, short skirt and a pair of black tights and platform heels as well, but then I thought, “this would have made a better outfit for Halloween!”  The more I thought about it (and yes, I unfortunately do think quite a lot about what I wear), the more I realized that the whole ensemble was either too costumey or too youthful for me to pull off.  I’m glad I stuck with the platform heels though.  I was easily able to wear these jeans without folding them at the cuff (which I normally do, although I’m sure I get a lot of weird stares), plus it made me about 4 inches taller (note:  I normally like to wear flats or heels no higher than 3 inches, but every once in a while, I indulge).

I had to ask Chris to help me with the tie (more like he noticed that I stole his tie from his side of the closet, and he saw me with a really haphazard knot around my neck–I’m sure he even realized that ties were meant to be worn a certain way–so he quickly offered to show me how to tie a tie).  My knot ended up pretty crooked, but I was hoping that would be part of the appeal.  The funny thing is I actually bought this tie for him as well as a dress shirt that looks suspiciously similar to the shirt I’m wearing here (except I have three-quarter length sleeves).  I guess when I go shopping for other people, I’m secretly hoping I can steal their look for myself (yes, this makes me a horrible person).

I wore this snazzy outfit for lunch with a former co-worker and then for an evening hanging out at my parents’ house.  So, hats off to my dad for filling in as my photographer!  Fortunately, he didn’t protest when I asked him with puppy dog eyes to take pictures for my blog.  But, let’s just say this was also not the longest photo shoot either.  All in all, I can’t complain–my outfit was captured for posterity, and I was able to make my first public appearance wearing a tie!  Next up–suspenders?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Button-down shirt:  twenty one/vintage shop

Tank top:  Ellen Tracy/Marshalls

Tie:  J. Crew/J. Crew Factory

Jeans:  ZCO Jeans/Marshalls

Shoes:  Esprit/donated (I will have to get a good picture of them so you can see my high heel limit)


Hidden Inspiration

I like to look at various sources for fashion inspiration.  Unfortunately, for the print and publishing world, I very rarely thumb through a magazine (however, this is probably because I’m behind on my pop culture reading, and I’m probably too engrossed in my search for The Hunger Games trilogy or the sequels to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when I’m in a bookstore).  I tend to spend most of my Internet time visually digesting style blogs and articles devoted to fashion.  Somewhere along the way, I absorb ideas for certain outfits.  And at random times, the thoughts for these outfits just spring out and demand to be heard.  This was probably one of those desperate-to-be-seen outfits.

It seems that lately, I’ve been wanting to wear my button-down shirts.  I like the print on this particular shirt–the flowers and the neutrality of the top appear to pair well with my denim jeggings.  The beige cover up also helps add an extra layer for warmth and for texture (it’s a fun exercise to mix and match clothes of different textures as long as the materials don’t create such a jarring or uncomfortable image or feel).

The latent inspiration that I had came in the form of choosing to wear my socks rolled up over the ends of my jeggings and wearing a pair of summer sandals to top it all off (what can I say–I just can’t let go of my summer wear).  As usual, I thought about taking the safer route (tucking my socks under my pants), but with a daring flourish, I pulled my socks over my pants, and thought, “let’s see what the world thinks of this” (or some other nonsense that made it seem like I was rebelling against what my inner fashion critic would say).

And there you have it.  I’m wearing an outfit in a way that brings back memories of when I used to feel embarrassed shopping with my mom as a teenager because she used to wear her socks over her pants too (I also wore my socks over my cuffed pants when I was very young–but I chalked that up to being a young child in the early ’90s).  It’s funny that what was once embarrassing is now worthy of emulating.  Fortunately, I have learned to be appreciative of my mom’s style as I’ve gotten older.  So, thank you Mom, for being fashion-forward, particularly when it came to keeping your ankles warm–practical inspiration for a chilly day.

P.S.  I’m not mad in these pictures.  I just don’t know how to have a relaxed, pleasant-looking face.  I’m working on it.

P.P.S.  Sorry for the lack of full length pictures.  This was probably one of our quickest photo shoots yet (unfortunately, Chris is very busy with projects of his own).  Stay tuned for my next post featuring images from a very special guest photographer!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Liz Claiborne/donated

Cover up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Jeggings:  Domaine Brand Jeans/Marshalls

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Shoes:  Merona/Target

Necklace:  gift

Bracelets:  vintage


Hint of Red

Some of the best years of my life were when I was in college.  So, I had a great time hanging out with good college friends at our alma mater this weekend.  I wore this outfit to a school event as an attempt to off show my school spirit.  Unfortunately, the main color should have been red, but I didn’t feel I had a suitable red shirt for the outfit (university apparel shopping, here we come!).  I chose to make red the accent and chose some of the secondary colors (black and white) as my theme for my top.

I decided to wear my dark denim blazer (not a school color) as a jacket and, at the last minute, realizing it would be chilly, I threw on a completely non-matching purple and magenta scarf (not pictured, but you can probably see how I was veering into ‘looking like I went to another school’ territory).  I topped off the look with a pair of black jeggings, black flats, and a black-jeweled necklace, knowing that black at least matches everything and is a part of the school color scheme.


I like to think I captured enough of the colors in my outfit to show that I’m a proud alumna.   And if I didn’t, I guess I just have another excuse to go shopping.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Poof!/TJMaxx

Tank top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Blazer:  Merona/Goodwill

Jeggings:  Van Pierre/Marshalls

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage

Necklace:  Alfani/loaned


Denim and Gold


This morning, it was clearly fall.  Then, as the afternoon went on, the sun got a little brighter, and it suddenly felt like it was summer again.  I brought my jacket just in case, and to prove that I would eventually need it once the sun went down, I wore it for this first picture.  Also, as a throwback to the warmer weather, I wore this cami and my perforated yellow shoes to keep the rest of my body cool.

The thing that I like about the fall is that you can still wear your summer clothes but with extra layers.  From a style standpoint, winter will be a challenging season for me (considering that I like wearing my summer clothes almost year round).  But we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

This skirt was actually “donated” to me by my sister.  The denim actually has a gold, glittery sheen to it which matches my new obsession with all things gold.  Unfortunately, a picture I tried to take of my skirt did not do the gold justice, but if you look closely, you might be able to see a hint of the sparkles.

I’m also really digging this necklace that I bought for a ‘3 for $5’ deal at a vintage store.  As mentioned before, I don’t own too many accessories, but things have changed!  I have a secret benefactress that has lent me some of her jewelry to dress up my outfits (is it bad that the jewelry was practically just handed to me?  You don’t have to answer that).  So, if I accessorize my outfits just right, you’ll be seeing a more dazzling version of me in the days and weeks to come–Looks So Fine 2.0?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  American Eagle Outfitters/Marshalls

Skirt:  Gap/donated

Jacket:  Stella Starr/TJMaxx

Shoes:  Merona/Target 

Necklace:  Richelieu/vintage